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If you ever have issues with your oral hygiene care, it could lead to a condition known as dental erosion. Dental erosion arises when the thin outer covering of a tooth, known as your tooth enamel, is slowly worn away. Most commonly, dental erosion is the result of acids that chew through your tooth enamel.

To protect your smile and eradicate dental erosion, it is important to be aware of its common causes. Medications that produce dry mouth as a side effect can cause dental erosion. If you are suffering from dry mouth, a decreased amount of saliva may be in your mouth, which functions to help keep your teeth and gums safe.

Other common causes of dental erosion include various genetic predispositions, environmental factors, acid reflux disease and issues with your diet due to excessive consumption of sugars and starches. To help protect your smiling from the risk of dental erosion, it is important to make sure you’re brushing and flossing daily, ensuring that your mouth has enough saliva production to wash away acids that may be present in your mouth and improving your diet.

If you would like to know if you require additional care and treatments for dental erosion, please schedule an oral exam with Dr. Kenneth Browning Prince and our team at our dental office in San Jose, California, by calling us at 408-243-5044. Prince Dental Care believes a better smile is your first step to a increased confidence that can improve your life for many years to come.